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The beauty of a modern aircraft in flight highlights the importance of good design. Bridges, cars, trains, and ships all rely on their design to operate.
And that means ensuring everything is safe because safety is of paramount importance.
To achieve their dreams, design engineers are always looking at new materials, such as different alloys or composites. They must use modern technology.
Modern design engineers must ensure that the design works regardless of the demands placed on it. It’s all about using less material to produce stronger designs.
Extensive stress, quality and safety testing are needed to make sure the design will work. Even the tiniest defect can cost lives.
Yet structural tests – even on prototype designs – can require the monitoring of many thousands of measuring points. Design teams have a great deal of responsibility.
Nor is it just a matter of technical know-how. These projects demand well-organized management routines.
That’s where HBM’s catman Enterprise comes in. It is software you can rely on.
It’s flexible because it suits projects ranging from as few as 30 measuring points to large-scale tests demanding up to 20,000 measuring points.
It supports both centralized and distributed architectures and can be supplied as a turnkey solution.
catman Enterprise works because HBM has listened to its customers. The software’s development has benefited from the experiences of nearly 20 leading high-tech companies.
Let’s take a look at one of our most significant projects; the full-scale fatigue testing of the Airbus A380 at IABG in Dresden.
These tests have been ongoing for several years and, thanks to catman Enterprise, all the measurement data is professionally organized. Test schedules have run smoothly and highly efficiently.
A high level of data security was maintained throughout the project’s life.
catman Enterprise ensures optimum security by:
- automatic self checks
- wiring checks, and
- efficient calibration
During the A380 tests, the different flight phases were simulated almost 50,000 times. This enabled the average stress to be tested for the entire service life of the aircraft.
More than 7,000 measuring points recorded data on deformation, pressure and temperature. This was one of the most thorough and detailed series of design tests ever conceived thanks to catman Enterprise.
And catman Enterprise benefits smaller projects. Take the reinforced structure of the F/A-18 fighter plane. Swiss authorities needed a complex large-scale investigation.
This required 68 hydraulic cylinders to simulate realistic in-flight stresses. A full-scale fatigue test was also essential. Using catman Enterprise over 10,000 flying hours were simulated, captured and analysed within 2 years ensuring swift progress for the project.
Some 1,100 strain gages were fitted for the tests. Displacement transducers, temperature and pressure sensors were integrated into the test layout. Looking at the integrated data gave a remarkable insight into the aircraft’s structure.
And all of this can be achieved with just a few hundred measuring points.
Combined with the right hardware – HBM’s MGCplus – catman Enterprise is unbeatable. To tell you more here is HBM’s senior developer on the catman Enterprise team, Johannes Mattes:
Structural testing is an essential part in the development of vehicles and structures. Testing static loads and fatigue failure points gives your customers increased confidence in your designs.
HBM’s solution for structural testing is catman Enterprise. Together with our data acquisition system, MGCplus, it provides the perfect turnkey solution.
Let’s look at some of the key aspects of catman Enterprise.
The software comprises four main modules. These are:
- data validation
- real-time data acquisition
- assessment of acquired data
By simplifying the configuration, catman Enterprise gets tests running very quickly and helps synchronise the workload.
catman Enterprise uses a definition list that sets up a test point plan without needing the hardware set up for measurement.
Drag-and-drop functionality is provided when connecting with the MGCplus. This uses a structured view to navigate through all the channels in any project. It is easy to configure the MGCplus and it can be used for data validation. Prepared data from Excel can be easily imported.
Internal checking of the data-acquisition amplifiers is supported while a wiring check tests and reports on every channel within seconds.
Next there’s data validation. catman Enterprise has an automatic amplifier self-check. Calibration is very important and your systems must comply with national regulations.
catman Enterprise has two different measurement modes for data acquisition – one featuring two measurement rates and the other with three different measurement rates.
In the two measurement mode, it is possible use the buffer for acquiring high-speed data. This can be read at any critical point during the tests.
Tests can be scaled from just one MGCplus to using up to 60 MGCplus during high-speed measurements without affecting performance.
The data server allows participating engineers worldwide to connect and check on specific concerns.
All data is stored in a fully traceable data pool with complete details recorded once acquisition is complete.
catman Enterprise exports data in a variety of formats such as ASCII for Excel or the encode format, which can be analysed independently.
There is also a special option for high-channel count systems. These are used for fatigue testing. Analysis of the data is based on load conditions. This option aids with early identification of critical sections.
This is just a brief overview. There are many more features in catman Enterprise that we are happy to demonstrate.
catman Enterprise is the best integrated data software for structural tests. It increases project efficiency by reducing time and costs without affecting quality.
catman Enterprise gives you results you can trust and ensures your designs are safe.
Every day, HBM’s software proves its worth by its performance on test benches around the world.
catman Enterprise, another high-quality product from HBM. Making the art of engineering design precise and accurate.